verb (used with object), dis·charged, dis·charg·ing.
- to release (a defendant, especially one under confinement).
- to release (a bankrupt) from former debts.
- to cancel (a contract).
- to release (bail).
verb (used without object), dis·charged, dis·charg·ing.
- an acquittal or exoneration.
- an annulment, as of a court order.
- the freeing of one held under legal process.
- the separation of a person from military service.
- a certificate of such separation.
- the removal or transference of an electric charge, as by the conversion of chemical energy to electrical energy.
- the equalization of a difference of potential, as between two terminals.
- discharge lamp,
- discharge printing,
- discharge tube,
Origin of discharge
Examples from the Web for discharge
When you get the kind of discharge I had, they give you a suit and fifty dollars.The Renegade: Robert Downey Sr. on His Classic Films, Son’s Battle with Drugs, and Bill Cosby|Marlow Stern|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But even as he was receiving awards, the military brass was processing his discharge—they had found out he was transgender.Yes to LGB, No to T: The Pentagon Still Has a Transgender Ban|Tim Mak|October 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“With a discharge petition, the blame is no longer just on the House Republican leadership,” Chinn added.
The latest maneuver by the Democrats is something called a discharge petition.
After his discharge, Alexis worked as a computer defense contractor in Japan, according to a regular customer at Happy Bowl.Investigators Search for Clues to What Motivated Navy Yard Shooter Aaron Alexis|Ben Jacobs, Miranda Green|September 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Lloyd Morgan has prettily likened the vital processes to the periodic formation and discharge of explosive substances.On Germinal Selection as a Source of Definite Variation|August Weismann
The spores are aided in their discharge and dissemination by four club-shaped threads attached to one part of them.The Elements of Botany|Asa Gray
I fancy they discharge their duties in voting rather faithfully, though they do not often take part in caucuses or conventions.Literature and Life|William Dean Howells
He is very sensible, a good preacher, and conscientious in the discharge of his duty.The Works of William Cowper|William Cowper
But Charlie is dead; and the discharge was only a few moments ago.The Cabin on the Prairie|C. H. (Charles Henry) Pearson
- to lose or remove electric charge
- to form an arc, spark, or corona in a gas
- to take or supply electrical current from a cell or battery
- to spread (weight) evenly over a supporting member
- to relieve a member of (excess weight) by distribution of pressure
noun (ˈdɪstʃɑːdʒ, dɪsˈtʃɑːdʒ)
- dismissal or release from an office, job, institution, etc
- the document certifying such release
- the act of firing a projectile
- the volley, bullet, missile, etc, fired
- a release, as of a person held under legal restraint
- an annulment, as of a court order
- the act or process of removing or losing charge or of equalizing a potential difference
- a transient or continuous conduction of electricity through a gas by the formation and movement of electrons and ions in an applied electric field
- the volume of fluid flowing along a pipe or a channel in unit time
- the output rate of a plant or piece of machinery, such as a pump
early 14c., "to exempt, exonerate, release," from Old French deschargier (12c., Modern French décharger) "to unload, discharge," from Late Latin discarricare, from dis- "do the opposite of" (see dis-) + carricare "load" (see charge (v.)).
Meaning "to unload, to free from" is late 14c. Of weapons, from 1550s. The electrical sense is first attested 1748. Meaning "to fulfill, to perform one's duties" is from c.1400. Related: Discharged; discharging.
late 14c., "relief from misfortune," see discharge (v.). Meaning "release from work or duty" is from early 15c.